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Getting Back Into Marathon Training

Happy Thursday, friends!

I’m  so glad you loved our beach pictures, I can’t wait to show you ALL of them! That might be a weekend project though 🙂

Today’s post is all about getting my butt in gear for my half marathon in two weeks, and what this week’s meal plan consists of!

But first, a little happy to get your day started. My brother sent me this and I couldn’t help but say YES to every. single. one. We had it MADE growing up!

50 Things You Will Never Be Able To Forget

Remember any of those??

And currently I’m loving these guys…

lord huron lonesome dreams album

LOVE discovering “new to me” music.

And while we’re on the topic of “new” music, I would be lying if I said Britney Spears’ new single, “Work B****” didn’t make me run 10X faster on the treadmill the other night. Let me just tell you. My inner diva came out, and I ROCKED that last mile, even if I felt my IQ dropping with every work Britney sang. Adam agrees.

funny dance moms gif

Ok, back on topic!

Getting Back Into Marathon Training

As you know, my half is in two weeks! Or…a week from this Saturday. Holy smokes. I’ve got some work to do to make up for the week at the beach I took off! I did a 10 miler at the beach that you already read about, and Tuesday night I finally got myself back to the gym for some quality treadmill time. It’s starting to get darker earlier, and to avoid having to rush home as fast after work I’ve decided to re-up my gym membership and get back on the ‘mill. Not my favorite way to train, but when I’m in a pinch and need to get in some good speed work and hill work, the treadmill is the perfect discipline!

So Tuesday night I did 5 miles, and felt great! I had forgotten how much I actually love the treadmill! If I bump up the speed, I HAVE to run fast or I’ll fall off and die, if I bump up the incline, I HAVE to run hills.It’s perfect for last minute cramming. Do as I say, not as I do.

Here’s what it broke down to if I remember correctly: mile 1-8:59, mile 2-9:05, mile 3-8:47, mile 4-8:34, mile 5-7:47

Needless to say, after not running for a week, busting out a fast run made me pretty sore yesterday! Looking forward to running it out today! I think I’m going to partially credit my good run to how much water I drank Monday and Tuesday. I made a pact with a friend to try and only drink water this week, and while I’ve failed miserably, I have decreased my caffeine intake tremendously and have noticed how much better I feel drinking more water throughout the day instead of pounding the diet cokes all afternoon!

I’m thinking my game plan for getting back into marathon training is going to go something like this:

Tuesdays & Thursdays do speed runs & hills, short milage, ~5-6 mile runs, maybe an occasional 7. Monday or Wednesday do some sort of cross training, or a long hilly walk with Truckee, and Saturdays do my long runs, easier pace closer to race pace, and NOT on the treadmill.

I’m trying to take an approach that isn’t going to burn me out. This is my first marathon, and I don’t want to kill myself trying to hit a specific time and then get hurt right before the race! I was trying to follow one of Hal Higdon’s plans…but I just can’t stick to something so structured and commit to that schedule every week, so I’m following his guidance for recommended long runs, and using my weeknight runs to train how I have time to train and do what my body knows it can handle.

grilled cheese and tomato soup

When I came home, it was time for grilled cheese & tomato soup night!! This is one of my FAVORITE meals to make once the weather starts to turn, and I’m quite the grilled cheese extraordinaire if I do say so myself. This sandwich was on a fresh ciabatta loaf, with smoked gouda and mild cheddar cheese grilled to perfection on our panini press. De-lish. And easy. And cheap. BAM! Which leads me to this week’s meal plan!

Meal Planning: Week 5 (?)

meal planning on a budget

We had grocery money leftover from last week since most of the week we were out of town, so I spent a little more than I usually would for 4 days of food. We are still avid Dave Ramsey program-users so yes we DO actually use the envelope system to budget our cash out for the week. You can check out how his plan works over here, The 7 Baby Steps. Basically, we pay cash for everything except bills, and work hard to pay off debt FAST. It’s a learning process, but we’ve built some great habits and love feeling like we have so much more financial freedom because we are smart with our money, and live within our means. I highly recommend looking into taking his Financial Peace University class, especially if you’re about to get married, or need to learn how to better budget your money in general. You also learn all about savings accounts, insurance, loans, dangers of debt, and all sorts of things. Very much worth your time and effort!

Anyways, I spent $60 even at the store Monday night. Obviously I could have cut more corners, but like I said we had some cash leftover so I indulged…in expensive cheese what else! Both kinds of cheese together were over $8, obviously that’s not a weekly occurrence, neither is the $8 pork tenderloin, but we were craving a good meat & potatoes night. And the box of Luna bars is like $5? So, the $60 bought our dinners for Tuesday night, Thursday night, and lunch and breakfast for the whole week. Monday night was already provided, last night was date night because we had a coupon, and Friday night is pizza night! Saturday is usually a “we’ll see where we are when we’re hungry” kind of day, and Sunday we’re hoping to make it back to small group!

Do you meal plan? What new music are you listening to right now? Do you love or hate the treadmill?


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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    October 17, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    I’m excited for your half marathon! I’ve got 4.5 weeks until the Richmond Marathon, so just a few more tough weeks and then the insanity of tapering begins!! Love the song ‘Wake Me Up!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Nicole- Me too! Woohoo! Your race is quickly approaching!! You’re going to do great!!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    October 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Grilled cheese and tomato soup is my favorite! I actually really like the treadmill. It does force me to go a certain pace and if I only ran outside I’d have to run in total darkness, which is not my thing!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Kelly- I’m the same way! Speed work is my main motivation when I’m on it!

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    Anna @ Running On Plenty
    October 17, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    1. I try and meal plan. My life goes so smoothly when I do. Especially the cash flow.
    2. Totes into HAIM right now. But Brit Brit’s new song is so intense. I feel like I need to model walk whenever it comes on shuffle. And my brain dies.
    3. GROSS DREADMILLS. Unless we can choreograph a treadmill dance like OK GO. OK? Go.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      Anna- 1. Hilarious, amen to the cash flow comment! 2. Hahahaha 3. I agree! They’re pretty miserable, but I do have a soft spot in my heart for them! And YES to coordinating an OK GO dance. Yes. Please!

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    October 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Awwe I haven’t had a tomato soup and grilled cheese night in WAY too long. This brings back so many memories!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Ashley- Do it soooon! They’re the best 🙂

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    Kristen @ Medium Roast
    October 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I forgot how much I appreciate being able to run on a treadmill since I moved out of my old apartment complex (w/ free gym use). Being able to control your pace so easily was my speed work and I didn’t even realize it! When I found a new (free!) gym through my work and I definitely appreciate being able to force myself to do tempo runs or even just stick to a slower pace for recovery. Just goes to show how little self-control I have while running – heh.

    Also, I LOVE Avicii’s song, Wake Me Up. I always run faster to that song. Aaaand your menu looks delicious. Now I’m hungry. 😛
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Kristen- Yes! It’s perfect for speed work, it makes it so easy to train at a specific speed, since I struggle with making myself do that outside!

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    October 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Ahhh! You must be so excited! Is it weird that I’m totally excited for you? Cross country season just ended for me, so now I’m into swimming season. I’m working through a foot injury, but I really am aiming for running a half sometime this new year! I’ve just bookmarked this post because your little plan is SO spot on. I love meal planning. I’m just weird like that I suppose, but it’s really fun to me, so yes, I meal plan! My fav music right now is The National, HAIM, Ed Sheeran, Angus and Julia Young, and lots of random stuff in between! The treadmill is a love/hate thing for me. I really prefer running outside because I’m an outdoors girl and think it makes a run 10x more interesting, but sometimes on rainy days the treadmill is my best friend. If I have a choice, it’s outside all the way though! Happy Thursday 🙂 xx
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 1:49 pm

      Katherine- Haha no it’s not weird! Foot injury!! Oh no!! Hopefully you’ll heal up soon 🙂 I know that’s frustrating! I’ll have to check out your music choices, I know I’ve heard of a few of those!

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    October 17, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I feel kinda sad that running season has pretty much ended here. There aren’t many races left for the year.
    I’ve got a run tomorrow which I’m looking forward too, but it’s not a half.
    I had aimed to do 3 half’s this year, I’ve only done 2. Oh well.
    Anyway you’ll rock it, I know you will.
    Love the photo of your dog, how could you not love those eyes.
    As for meal planning I normally just plan it out in my head and wing it or use what ingredients I have.
    Treadmills get the job done when you just can’t get out on the road. but lmao @ Anna, treadmill dance, aweseom.
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Matilda- Oh bummer!! Is it the weather that’s slowing things down? 2 halfs is still quite the feat the brag about though, that’s awesome!!

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    October 17, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you for that link– that made my night! Oregon trail? Loved it! Do they still make bugles? And the raindrop one was so true!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Katie- Wasn’t it the BEST?!! Those were the days. And I think they do still make bugles!

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    October 17, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    Honestly you are my role model… First the 48 Days Book (which I’m loving, btw. I need to actually commit to it and make more time for it though) and now this budgeting talk? Can I just be you? LOL! But I love discovering “new to me” music, too! I just recently started obsessing over Mumford & Sons. A little late but better late than never, right?!
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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Julie- Hahaha you’re hilarious. Yes, yes you can be 🙂 And you are WAY late on the Mumford train my friend hahah, but like you say, better late than never!! How’s teaching classes going??

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    Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout
    October 18, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Ha! Your description of how you feel about the new Britany song cracks me up. I feel that way about a lot of music I like to listen to for working out … Pitbull, Kesha, etc…! I am a big meal planner, between working nearly full time and two kids, it’s essential! Your training plan sounds good – I would never choose the treadmill over an outdoor workout, but you’re right, it can be very “persuasive”‘when you want to push your pace or incline!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm

      Sarah- Haha glad you agree 🙂 It sounds like it! I couldn’t imagine NOT meal planning with two kids!

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    Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life
    October 18, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I absolutely meal plan! It is one of the best things to keep me same through the week and to keep our family budget on track! 🙂

    Great job on mile 5 of that treadmill run girl! Super speedy!

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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Jana- I completely agree! Before I started meal planning our budget was ridiculous every week!

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    October 18, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Love reading your blog!

    I stumbled upon your site when Adam posted it on his Facebook wall, we went to High School together. Random and I hope its not stalker-ish, but I got hooked to reading your posts!

    I am about to run my 6th half marathon at the end of the month and I am currently training for my first full (in December). I have been using the Hal Higdon Novice 1 plan and so far so good. I do agree with you that it is hard to stick to the schedule week after week and when you miss a day it makes it harder to make it up (but hey, thats all schedules right?)

    Treadmill: Gah, I hate that thing! I do, however, think it gives you a better appreciation for the trails/roads you run on on a day to day basis. I normally run in the mornings but I try to plan my runs around the weather (assuming its raining) but if I am forced to go to the treadmill, it makes it more refreshing my next run to go back outside on the trail.

    Best of luck to you and your half marathon in the next couple weeks and please keep us all updated on your first marathon training! Its always refreshing reading about someone training for the same thing! When is your Marathon?


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      Sweet Miles
      October 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Hayley- This made my day!! Adam keeps swearing up and down that we are the same person! Thus, we must meet! Not stalker-ish at all!! I’m so glad you read it! 6th half marathon is awesome!! My 5th is at the end of the month as well! Are you running the Dallas White Rock marathon?? That’s the program I was trying to follow too!! I’m just not discipline enough to stick with it, hopefully that doesn’t bite me in the butt when it’s race day! I’m almost to the point of “I just want to finish it”! I’m running the Memphis St. Jude Marathon! Still slightly freaking out about it…

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    October 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I am so NOT a treadmill person. I call it the dreadmill. I have never enjoyed running long distances on one. I don’t mind it for tabata workouts though. Unless I get sucked into a book on my kindle then it is a no-go. I’ve been loving EDM for running. Totally gets me in the zone! Happy Friday!

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    Cori @ olivetorun
    October 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I actually don’t really mind the treadmill. I find it convenient- or at least it was when we lived in a condo with a fitness center. 🙂

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    October 19, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Yes! We definitely need to meet! do yalll live in the DFW area? Do you ever get Adam out to run with you?

    Definitely keep us updated on your 5th half, that is awesome! You are going to do great! Which race are you running? I am assuming its next weekend? I am excited to see pictures!

    Yes, I am running the White Rock Marathon! I actually ran 16 miles this morning (ooouucccchhh!). I am borderline religious about my Hal Higdon plan but, like you mentioned, it takes a ton of discipline to stick to it. I do think its more of a guideline so I think you are going to do great for your first marathon! Do you have a schedule you follow that fits with your personal/life schedule? What is your highest mileage so far?

    Couple Questions/Topics Id love to get your input on:

    1. Running and Relationships. Obviously if you in full training mode your Friday nights are absolutely killed for a Saturday Morning run. What are fun “low key” activities to do with your significant other that wont kill your run the next morning (that also makes them not think you are totally lame for wanting to go to sleep at 9pm)- too complicated of a question?

    2. Wrapping your Mind Around the Dreaded 20 Miler: Even though you are probably a few weeks away, what are you doing to mentally prepare for your last distance run before the full. As a runner, I have mixed emotions. I sometimes I don’t allow myself to think about it and the other half of me worries I wont feel great about my 20 miler. What do you do to put your nerves at ease over the longest distance in your training?

    Hope you had a great weekend long run! looking forward to your reply!

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    Christine @ Gotta Eat Green
    October 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Good luck with your training for your half! I’m sure you’ll do great. And I love tomato soup and grilled cheese. Best meal for sure!

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